Skyline CrossFit Athlete Highlight

Marc Carter

“I am Skyline CrossFit” athlete embodies our core values of being POSITIVE, being PATIENT, and staying HUMBLE.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm 59 years old. I was an Army brat and lived all over the country.  I went to high school in El Paso and I have always consider El Paso my home town. I went to college at UT Austin and joined the Army.  I loved the Army but my wife Roswitha wasn't a big fan.  Turned out to be a good move for me.  I went to law school, raised a family and before I knew it I was a Houstonian with two tropical storms and three hurricanes under my belt (Rita, Ike, and Harvey). 

What’s something about you that others may not know about you? Any special talents, hobbies, or interests?

Most people don't know that I was actually born in Germany.  My wife and both my daughters were also born in Germany and we all speak German.


When did you start CrossFit? Why did you decide to join CrossFit at that time? What do you remember most about when you first started?

I started Crossfit 5 years ago when I was 54 years old.  I had been going to the downtown YMCA since 1990 and just got bored and wasn't very motivated. When I was 53 I had major surgery to remove cancer from my body.  The surgery and recovery were brutal but I was determined to get my health back and get the most out of life. My wife talked me into trying Crossfit. When I started at Skyline I was introduced to Coach Francisco.  He said "Hey are you the dude that can already do muscle-ups?" My response was "what's a muscle-up? wrong dude bro!"  

What new belief, behaviors, or habits, adopted since you started CrossFit, have most positively impacted your life?

My weakness has always been diet (I'm eating ice cream while I write this)! So I started intermittent fasting at Skyline over a year ago.  It's the easiest diet ever, you just don't eat! and then you eat and then you don't!


What has been your most memorable workout?

My most memorable workout is "The Twelve Days of Christmas" because we only do it once a year and I screw it up once a year! Next year I'm going to get it right. I know I'm not the only one to get confused on The 12 days of Christmas!!

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?

I've learned "acceptance." Acceptance puts you in a place to take action. You can live in one of two places, acceptance or denial.  So many people waste their lives in denial. You're not always going to get the job you want, win the race or whatever. Once you find acceptance you will be able to grow as a human being and move forward!

Have you had any setbacks since starting CrossFit, what have you done to overcome them?
I have never had a "setback" only growth spurts!


What do you love most about Skyline CrossFit?
I love the supportive, non-judgmental, community that we have at Skyline. It's a great place for me to workout and just hang out! You will usually find me hanging out on "my bench" long after my workout pontificating on life with my buddy Rene.



Tia Warm Up

PVC then Barbell


Overhead Squat

Strict Pullups


Every 3:00 for 5 rounds complete:

3 Overhead Squat from rack

(Work to a 3 rep max for the day)

with remaining time in each round complete:

Accumulate 30 sec in Reverse Plank


With a continuously running clock do one pull-up the first minute, two pull-ups the second minute, three pull-ups the third minute...

continuing as long as you are able.

RX: Strict Pullups

Int: Strict PullUps

FF: Banded Strict Pullups